Antonio Andrews NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

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Antonio Andrews NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More
Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky (HT: 5’10⅛”, WT: 225 lbs)

 

Combine Weigh-in
Height Weight Arm Hand
5101 225 31 1/4" 9 1/2"

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Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.82 1.68 29.5" 8'10" 7.24 4.49

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Positives

  • Tough, rugged runner who shows the ability to gain yards after contact.
  • Versatility is a huge asset. He can run, catch and return kicks.
  • Natural hands catcher, excellent receiver out of the backfield.  
  • Very good size, powerfully built at 5’10”, 225 pounds with a thick lower body and adequate length.
  • Demonstrates vision to find cutback lanes. An intuitive runner who has good instincts on when to bounce runs to the outside or cut inside.
  • Finishes runs, displaying the ability to punish defenders when he lowers his shoulder.
  • Displays some elusiveness in the open field, has some wiggle to him.
  • Utilizes a strong stiff arm to gain additional yardage.
  • Decent balance with a strong lower body, absorbs contact and can break tackles.
  • Capable in short-yardage situations, will fight to get to the sticks or goal-line.
  • Effective both between and outside the tackles.
  • Special-teams contributions could win him a roster spot, saw extensive action as both a kick and punt returner at Western Kentucky.
  • Willing blocker that is not afraid of contact and shows the ability to pick up blocks in space, though technique requires work.
  • Extremely productive over the past two years with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage in both his junior and senior seasons. Set several school records.
  • Missed some time due to an ankle injury as a sophomore but has no history of major injury.

Negatives

  • May not be an adequate athlete by NFL standards. Finished at or near the bottom of most athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • Lacks great burst and breakaway speed. Poor timed speed is concerning. Does not have an extra gear or the requisite acceleration.
  • Ball security is a huge issue. Had severe fumble problems during his college career.
  • Not a home-run hitter, can be caught from behind.
  • Unable to make quick or dynamic cuts. Is not overly agile and does not change speeds or direction particularly well.
  • Inconsistent pad level, has a tendency to run upright.
  • Can be frozen by congested running lanes and could lack the burst to afford any hesitation at the next level.
  • Loses his footing occasionally in the open field and is tripped up easily at times.
  • Is not the quickest to identify or pick up the blitz.
  • Did not often play against college football’s elite in the Sun Belt and racked up great statistics against relatively mediocre competition.
  • Handled a heavy workload in college, raising the question of whether all of those hits could have taken a toll.

Rushing Statistics
Year Team Car Yds Avg TD
2010 Western Kentucky 32 174 5.4 2
2011 Western Kentucky 15 42 2.8 0
2012 Western Kentucky 304 1728 5.7 11
2013 Western Kentucky 267 1730 6.5 16

http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/antonio_andrews_845098.html

Receiving Statistics
Year Team Rec Yds Avg TD
2010 Western Kentucky 5 37 7.4 0
2011 Western Kentucky 2 16 8.0 0
2012 Western Kentucky 37 432 11.7 3
2013 Western Kentucky 41 478 11.7 0

http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/antonio_andrews_845098.html

 

Personal Notes

  • Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year 2013
  • First team All-Sun Belt 2013
  • Team captain 2013
  • First team All-Sun Belt 2012
  • First team All-Sun Belt all-purpose 2012
  • Second team All-Sun Belt return specialist 2012
  • Led the nation in all purpose yardage in 2012 and 2013
  • Was suspended for a game in 2011 following a Twitter rant

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

One of the most productive running backs in college football, Antonio Andrews led the nation in all-purpose yards each of the past two seasons. He possesses NFL size as well as vision, power and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. However, slow and fumble-prone is not exactly the recipe for success at the next level. Ultimately, it could be his versatility to contribute on special teams that earns him a roster spot.

 

Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA

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